Sunday, April 8, 2018

First Week of the Season : All about Highs and Lows

The first week was strange for the Yankees to say the least. They went 5-5 and had some great highs and some severe lows. The first week of Yankee baseball was filled with massive home runs, wasted opportunities, long extra inning games, bullpen collapses and strikeouts.... lots of strikeouts especially from Giancarlo Stanton. 

The Yankees went 5-5 as they split a 4 games series with the Blue Jays, swept the two game set with the Rays and lost 3/4 with the Orioles. Today was possibly the worst loss the Yankees had on the season and maybe the worst in years. Giancarlo Stanton struck out 5 times, the Yankees blew a 5 run lead, Aaron Judge hit into a double play in extra inning with the bases loaded and no one out. The Yankees had two collapses against the Blue Jays earlier. They lost a wild game in Friday in extra inning to the Orioles. 

It wasn’t all bad for the Yankees though despite massive struggles Giancarlo Stanton had 3 homers including two in his first Yankee game. The Yankees had a game on Wednesday when Stanton, Judge and Gary Sanchez all had homers. In the home opener Didi Gregorius had two homers and 8 rbi. Luis Severino has looked dominant. Dellin Betances has bounced back after a rough outing last week. His fastball command had looked much better. Masahiro Tanaka has looked strong. 

The Yankees have lost Brandon Drury, Aaron Hicks and CC Sabathia to the DL. They are already without Greg Bird, Clint Frazier and Jacoby Ellsbury. They had a tough week but still had some nice moments. That will get lost in the shuffle however they went 5-5. It could have been much worse. Giancarlo Stanton won’t bat 185 all season, Gary Sanchez will get going, guys will comeback from injury and the Yankees will be okay.

PS- They started off 5-5 in 2009. 

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